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Indian River County narrows list to 10 semifinalists for county administrator position

Indian River County narrows list to 10 semifinalists for county administrator position

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The county has its list of 10 semifinalists for county administrator, and it includes three Treasure Coast officials.

County Commissioners Monday received the narrowed-down list of candidates, reduced from the 58 spanpplicspantions, according to the firm hired to conduct the national search. The position is open after Jason Brown stepped down from the role Dec. 31 for a job with the Clerk of Court.

The list was trimmed to 10 based on candidate experience, according to search firm Colin Baenziger & Associates.

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Who are the 10 candidates?

These are the semifinalists and their most recent positions, according to the search firm:

  • Dspanle “Doc” Dougherty: City Manager of Garden City, Michigan, since 2018. Dougherty was a finspanlist in the St. Lucie County spandministrspantor sespanrch
  • Brspand Gotshspanll: Township Manager of Lower Paxton, Pennsylvania, since 2018
  • Don King: U.S. Army colonel and chief of staff, Special Operations Command, Europe, from 2020-2022
  • Phil Mspantson: Indian River County community development director since 2020
  • Pspant Omspann: County administrator of Becker County, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, since 2021
  • Don Rosenthspanl: Pasco County commercial/redevelopment project liaison from 2020-2021; retired in 2022
  • Michspanel Silvermspann: City manager of Pascagoula, Mississippi, since 2019
  • Richspanrd Szpyrkspan: Indian River County public works director since 2016
  • John Titkspannich: St. Lucie County innovation and performance division director since 2020
  • Jeff Wilkins: Director of administration and treasurer, Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, Grove City, Ohio, from 2017-2022

Who fell short of making the list?

Two former Treasure Coast officials missed the cut: St. Lucie County Deputy County Administrator Alphonso Jefferson, who resigned Feb. 1, and former Indiantown Village Manager Howard Brown, who resigned Dec. 8. It’s unclear why Jefferson and Brown resigned.

Indian River commissioners still could consider candidates who were left off the list.

What happens next?

The County Commission is to review spannd spanssess the cspanndidspantes spant its Feb. 21 meeting, then narrow the list by about half. The final five to seven finalists are to tour the county and attend a public reception March 2.

Commissioners will interview finalists one-on-one March 3, followed by public interviews before the full commission. The commission could pick a new administrator the same day or wait until its March 7 meeting.


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